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Howard Curtis Berry-SGM-Ret-USAR  

Howard Curtis Berry-SGM-Ret-USAR

October 19, 1927-August 9, 2015

Howard Curtis Berry, age 87, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 9, 2015.

Born in Norfolk, VA, on October 19, 1927, Mr. Berry was a son of the late Howard and Zola (Willoughby) Berry.

Howard proudly served his country in the US Army Reserves and in civilian life, he worked for the City of Newark Public Works Department, retiring after almost 20 years of dedicated service. Following his retirement he then worked for the University of Delaware in Public Safety and for Pioneer Concrete in sales. Mr. Berry was a member of the Nur Temple in Wilmington, Hiram Lodge #25 of Newark, and the Elkton American Legion Post #15. Howard loved working with brick and in his spare time enjoyed building many fireplaces. He especially enjoyed camping and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Berry, 2 brothers, Joseph and Ernest Berry, and stepson, James Earl Sweetman, Jr. He is survived by his wife, Joyce Lare of Newark, DE, first wife, Doris Rae of Hampstead, NC; daughters, Deborah Rae Berry and her husband, Dr. Charles A. Burtnett, Sr. of Clementon, NJ, Diane Gloria Berry of Newark, DE and Holly Corrine Berry of Hamstead, NC; stepson Jody Lee Sweetman, of Newark, DE; brother, Bob Berry and his wife, Diane of Ray City, GA; sister-in-law, Eleanor Berry of Roan Mountain, TN; 4 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 6 pm until 8 pm on Thursday evening, August 13, 2015 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE. A funeral service will be held at 11 am on Friday, August 14, 2015 at the Calvary Baptist Church, 215 E. Delaware Avenue, Newark, DE 19711. Interment will be held privately at the Head of Christiana Cemetery, Newark, DE.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205 New Castle, DE or the American Heart Association, 1096 Old Churchman’s Rd, Newark, DE 19713.

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  1. Eleanor G. Berry, August 11, 2015

    Best Twin Brother a man could have. Joe and Howard together again.

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  2. Janet Hedrick, August 11, 2015

    I was saddened to hear of Howard’s passing and am thinking of his family and friends at this time. I always enjoyed working with Howard over the many years he was with us at UDPD. He was the consummate professional and set the example for many of us younger officers. It was hard trying to get Howard to take a break while working! We will all miss you, Howard!

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  3. Robin (Berry) Cone, August 11, 2015

    I will truly miss my most favorite Uncle Howard! I have loved him dearly all of my life and my comfort is that he and Daddy-the twins are together with our Lord Jesus!

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    • Debi Berry, August 15, 2015

      Thank you Robin.

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  4. Brooke Murray, August 12, 2015

    Debbie and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know your father personally, but I know how hard it is to lose your father and wish to extend my sympathy to all of you. He will always have a place in your hearts,I know it will not be easy but time does help-it has for me. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

    Brooke Murray

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    • Debi Berry, August 15, 2015

      Thank you Brooke!

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      • Debi Berry, August 15, 2015

        Thank you Brooke.

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  5. Lorraine conforti temple, August 14, 2015

    Debi and Family: Very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    • Debi Berry, August 15, 2015

      Thank you Lorraine.

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  6. SFC (retired) Peter Krasowski, August 14, 2015

    Sorry to read about the passing of Howard, I served with him at the Kirkwood USAR center back in the 1970’s and 80’s He was a very kind and helpful friend

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  7. Debi Berry, August 15, 2015

    Thank you all for all of your kind words.

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  8. John (Jack) Rust, August 17, 2015

    Sorry to hear of Howard’s passing. He helped me build three different fireplaces. Also worked at the City with him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. Jack Rust

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